Post # 1
I have no gauge for this kind of thing, so I’m helping you guys can help. We hope to have about 70-75 people for our wedding and will have a cake that’ll serve that many.
I love the multi-tiered cakes (especially the square ones)! However I have no idea how many people the average cakes you see would serve?
We can do this two ways. Either a) the fun way, share your cake and say how many people it serves; or b) take a guess at arbitrary numbers. 🙂
I prefer A.
Post # 3
Whoever is making your cake will be able to tell you how much you need to get and what serving size they suggest. Cake serving sizes tend to be small.
i believe ours is a 4 tier round – 14, 12, 10, and 8, and that would serve around 136 I think she said. We are tacking on an extra half a sheet cake to get it up to 172. I am only expecting about 150 but don’t want tiny servings.
Also, you have to factor in if you are saving to top layer. We are not (she remakes it for free on your 1 year anniversary as long as you give her a photo).
Post # 4
Okay, I just double checked and it is actually a 12-10-8-6 and will serve 132.
Post # 5
And just for reference our cake served about 60 ppl and thats with us taking the top tier home.
Post # 6
I came across these on Pinterest the other day – good thing I thought to pin them! Hopefully between the 3 of them (and the one above) you can figure out your number 🙂 It seems most of them are for round, but I imagine that if you figure out the area of the circle vs. area of the square, you should able to come up with equivalents.
ETA: pics instead of links
Post # 7
I have those diagrams as well, but your baker should be able to tell you. Ours we were advised would serve 120 2″x1″ pieces.
Post # 8
Just wanted to say that no matter what type of cake design you want, you will ALWAYS get a better price by having one edible tier and other fake decorated parts — and then a bunch of sheet cakes to cut in the kitchen. Just something to consider! 🙂
Post # 9
@village_skeptic: This wasn’t the case with me, but my cake maker was VERY reasonable. It’s amazing how cheap my cake was, and it was beautifully decorated and delicious. The baker was a woman who used to run a catering company, and now just does cakes out of her home. If you can find something like that, rather than a commerical bakery, you can save money. For anyone in Maine who may see this post, her name is Sharon Brunette. And yes, OP, whoever makes you cake will talk to you about how many it will serve. We had about 65 people, and the top layer is in our freezer. We paid about $120, INCLUDING set up and delivery.
Post # 10
@village_skeptic: This was not the case for me either. She said it was the same amount of materials (actually a little more to do a fake cake since she’d need styrofoam and such), just a different shape.
Now, if you get the fake cake made through a wedding baker and the sheet cakes from Costco or the grocery store – yes, that may save. But I investiaged this fake layer option with all the bakers I talked too and it wasn’t cheaper with any of them. I had heard this too and it didn’t turn out to be true IME.
Post # 11
@NAvery: @EastMeetsBarn: Fair enough! In my area, the sheet cake solution would have been the cheapest for nearly every baker. We ended up getting a bunch of different cakes and pies from a local bakery, which was even cheaper (and portion sizes were much larger than the normal wedding cake sliver).
OP, I retract my “always cheaper” statement, but if you’re not set on having every bit of your main cake edible, it’s something to at least consider when you’re talking to bakers — in case it would be cheaper! 🙂
Oh, and since you asked for cakes! OP, this was our main cake, and each tier yielded about 16 healthy slices.
Post # 12
Our cake was not traditional at all. We didn’t cut the top part, but the goodies down bottom served 50.